Pair of counter-balance candlesticks

Ref: 2162
  • Designer / Maker

    Designed and manufactured by W.A.S. Benson (1854-1924)

  • Detail

    Copper and brass

    30 cm (long)

    English (London), circa 1900

  • Marked

    ‘W.A.S. BENSON’ (on drip pans, see right)

  • Notes

    These counter-balance candlesticks are described in Benson’s Price List of Fittings for Oil, Gas, Candle, Table Ware, &c., 1899–1900 as ‘[f]or Piano or Mantlepiece’.

    Benson designed ‘Counter-balance’ candlesticks in three models, finished either entirely silvered, or in a mixture, as here, of brass and copper. Variants are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the British Museum, London.